Noah’s Ark to break Israeli embargo on Gaza

“The Turkish-Israel axis has undermined many principles of Turkish foreign policy,” Turkish journalist Cengiz Candar, in his speech at the Washington Institute.

Bulent Yildirim, President of Turkish  IHH Humanitarian Foundation (Insani Yardim Vakfi) has announced that IHH is planning to send a convoy of 20 ships, code name Noah’s Arak, carrying humanitarian aid to 1.5 million residents of Gaza under Israeli embargo. “We are planning to go to Gaza with a fleet of 20 ships to be set up in an international organization probably in April 2010. Our aid ships will continue to head for Gaza until Israeli embargo is lifted. The cargo ships will carry Israeli-embargoed building materials, generators, medication, medical equipment and educational materials. The passenger ships to accompany the cargo ships, will carry journalists, human-right advocates, activists and law-makers from various countries”. The IHH Foundation has been active in humanitarian work in more than hundred countries around the world – in the Middle East, Africa, Balkans, Asia and South America. Recently, it sent medical and other aid material to Haiti. Its aid workers, though targeted by the Egyptian officials, were in Gaza after latest Israeli genocide.

Venzuelan president Hugo Chavez is reported to be thinking of joining the groups which intend to challenge Israel’s so-called “closed military zone” established to starve 1.5 million Gazan hoping them to turn against their elected government of Islamic Resistance Hamas.

It is no secret that Ankara-Tel Aviv alliance which was essentially based on Kemalist secularim, military and bureaucracy establishments’ hatred toward Islam and the Arabs – is showing cracks in the recent years. It was the Crypto-Jewish ruling class which implemented the anti-Islam agenda disguised as ’secularim’ since Gen. Mustafa Kemal Pasha (Attaturk) until the election of moderate Islamic party AKP. The Jewish Lobby and think tanks in Turkey used these common grounds to the benefit of Israel. For example, Gen. Cevik Bir, deputy chief of Turkish General Staff, was a frequent visitor to Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). He, in his speech at JINSA blamed Islamic Iran for terrorism against Turkey. Gen. Edip Baser was also an invited guest at JINSA in April 2000. The Welfare-lead coalition was toppled by the pro-Israel military junta because prime minister Necmettin Erbakan had threatened to annul all previous agreements with the Zionist entity especially concerning security issues. In the past (1997), both the Arab League (AL) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (IOC) hav condemned Turkey’s close relations with anti-Muslim Zionist entity.

Despite the negative images of the Arabs created by Crypto-Jewish elites in support of the so-called “nation building” in Turkey – the Palestinian people have always been regarded as the innocent suufering Muslims among the majority of Turks. When Israel, on July 31, 1980, declared Jerusalem to be the “undivided” capital of Israel – Ankara strongly condemned that decision. A large majority of Turkish population regards Jerusalem as an integral part of Islamic civilization.

Now with the rise of ultra-extremist Jewish parties in power in Israel – those common bonds between Ankara and Tel aviv have started breaking.

Turkey has been rocked by another TSK-Mossad terrorist plot, code name Balyoz (sledgehammer) against AKP government involving retired Gen. Cetin Dogan, Gen. Ibrahim Firtina and Gen. Ergin Saygun. A similar ealier plot to over-throw AKP government, Ergenekon involving Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Mossad and US Embassy in Ankara is under investgation.

The US-Israel agenda of dividing the occupied Iraq into an Arab and Kurd state in Northern Iraq – will never be acceptable to Turkey, Syria and Islamic Iran – because, historically, an independent Kurdish state in the region, will act as an Israeli proxy to destablize the region. according to Umit Ozdog, president of an Ankara-based pro-state think tank – one of the leading figures of those lobbying for a Kurdish state in Washington since 1992, is Ariel Sharon, an Israeli politician. According to some sources – nearly 30 senior executives of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), an important political organization, are Kurdish Jews.

Wayne Madison, an American investigative journalist and columnist, wrote in January 2009, under the title Israel hope to colonize part of Iraq as Greater Israel, wrote:

“Israeli expansionists, their intentions to take full control of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and permanently keep the Golan Heights of Syria and expand into southern Lebanon already well known, also have their eyes on parts of Iraq considered part of a biblical “Greater Israel.”

Israel reportedly has plans to relocate thousands of Kurdish Jews from Israel, including expatriates from Kurdish Iran, to the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Nineveh under the guise of religious pilgrimages to ancient Jewish religious shrines. According to Kurdish sources, the Israelis are secretly working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to carry out the integration of Kurdish and other Jews into areas of Iraq under control of the KRG.

Kurdish, Iraqi Sunni Muslims, and Turkmen have noted that Kurdish Israelis began to buy land in Iraqi Kurdistan, after the U.S. invasion in 2003, that is considered historical Jewish “property.”

Kurdish and Iraqi sources report that Israel’s Mossad is working hand-in-hand with Israeli companies and “tourists” to stake a claim to the Jewish “properties” of Israel in Iraq. The Mossad has already been heavily involved in training the Kurdish Pesha Merga military forces. Reportedly assisting the Israelis are foreign mercenaries paid for by U.S. Christian evangelical circles that support the concept of “Christian Zionism.”

Iraqi nationalists charge that the Israeli expansion into Iraq is supported by both major Kurdish factions, including the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan headed by Iraq’s nominal President Jalal Talabani. Talabani’s son, Qubad Talabani, serves as the KRG’s representative in Washington, where he lives with his wife Sherri Kraham, who is Jewish. Also supporting the Israeli land acquisition activities is the Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by Massoud Barzani, the president of the KRG. One of Barzani’s five sons, Binjirfan Barzani, is reportedly heavily involved with the Israelis……..”

According to Naeim Giladi, a member of an underground Zionist terrorist group in Iraq in the 1940s – who migrated to Israel and later to the US – wrote in his book The Jews of Iraq: “Almost 125,000 Jews left Iraq for Israel before 1952, most because they had been lied to and put into panic by what I came to learn were Zionist bombs”.

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Uncle Obama’s Cabin

Promise after promise, yet all along the real owners were pulling the strings..

Banter: Bank Worker (banker) looking at nude photos in background (Miranda Kerr) – Seven News Update

I love this guy….

I wonder how his performance review will go this year??

Canada’s Carleton University launches new divestment campaign

While stumbling across Antony’s blog, I seem to like the idea that civil society has the heart to take on issues relating to oppression on the Palestinian people.

Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) Carleton in Ottawa, Canada, have released a stunning video explaining why their university should divest from companies intimately involved in the Israeli occupation.

The following is more reading material, which might help in the future:

For the past several months, Students Against Israeli Apartheid – Carleton (SAIA), a student group at Carleton University in Ottawa that is committed to supporting the Palestinian struggle for freedom, has been conducting research on Carleton’s investments in Israeli apartheid. The Carleton Pension Fund currently lacks any ethical guidelines, with its only mandate being the maximization of profit. SAIA has discovered that the Pension Fund, which provides retirement income for Carleton staff and faculty, currently has some $2,762,535 invested in five companies that are complicit in the oppression of the Palestinian people. In light of these findings, SAIA has launched a campaign calling on Carleton to immediately divest from the offending corporations: Motorola, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, and Tesco supermarkets, as well as to adopt a socially responsible investment policy for all of its investments.

Motorola is involved in designing and implementing perimeter surveillance systems around illegal Israeli settlements and military camps in the West Bank.  Motorola and its subsidiaries also have hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts to supply the Israeli military with telecommunications technology, checkpoint security and control systems.  By providing support for the Israeli military, Motorola plays a role in ensuring that settlement expansion will continue, and that the occupation will deepen, in a clear violation of international law.

BAE Systems is the world’s third-largest arms producer.  Both BAE and its Israeli subsidiary, Rokar, contribute to weaponry used by Israel to attack Palestinian civilians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.  BAE produces cluster bombs and the F-16 combat aircraft, which were used during the 2008-2009 assault on the Gaza Strip, which killed over 1,400 Palestinians, most of whom were non-combatant civilians.

Northrop Grumman, one of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers, provided the Israeli military with many of the parts for the Apache AH64D Longbow Helicopter, which was described by Amnesty International as a piece of “key equipment used by the [Israeli military] in the [December 2008 – January 2009] Gaza bombing campaign.”  Furthermore, Northrop Grumman is the sole provider of radars for the F-16 combat aircraft. It also assists in producing the Longbow Hellfire 2 missiles, which, as has been documented by many human rights organizations, were widely used against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

L-3 Communications is one of the many large multinational firms aiding in the construction and maintenance of the system of military checkpoints that severely restrict Palestinian freedom of movement in the West Bank and around Gaza. The matrix of checkpoints has been condemned by human rights organizations as a brutally repressive system that violates the basic human rights of the Palestinian people.  In addition to being a means of political repression and land annexation, the checkpoints constitute a tool of collective punishment, which is a crime under international law.

Tesco Supermarkets is a large United Kingdom-based international grocery and general merchandising retail chain.  It has been the target of social justice activists in the U.K. for selling produce originating from illegal Israeli settlements, for mislabeling products coming from the settlements as “West Bank”, as well as for using an exporter, Carmel-Agrexco, which has been criticized for using slavery-type working conditions in its factories in the occupied West Bank.  Tesco’s financial support for the illegal Israeli settlements lends them legitimacy and enables their economic growth and physical expansion, while simultaneously inhibiting the development of the Palestinian economy.

Carleton is no stranger to BDS activism, and it has a strong precedent to build upon.  In 1987, Carleton divested from all companies complicit in the apartheid regime in South Africa.  Carleton’s president at the time wrote a memorandum, saying, “Carleton University abhors apartheid and will do all it can to show its position on apartheid within its business practices.” Given Carleton’s past commitment to divesting from apartheid regimes, SAIA is calling on the university to once again place itself on the right side of history by ending its investments in the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people.

The South African victory serves as an inspiring model for SAIA’s divestment campaign, which is the first Palestine-centred divestment initiative in Canada. Hopes are high that, through a well-planned local campaign, as well as the natural growth of BDS, momentum will pick up at universities across the country and similar initiatives will emerge to form a national movement to cut campus ties with Israeli apartheid.

Specifically, SAIA recommends that:

1. The Carleton University Board of Governors, via the Pension Fund Committee, immediately divest of its stock in BAE Systems, L-3 Communications, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, and Tesco

2. Carleton University refrain from investing in other companies involved in violations of international law (for recommended guidelines see Conclusions/Recommendations section of the divestment report)

3. Carleton University work with the entire university community to develop, adopt, and implement a broader policy of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) for its Pension Fund and other investments, through a transparent and effective process.

Muzzlewatch provides the background:

Last year we wrote about Canada (not Minnesota’s) Carleton University when their Apartheid Week poster was banned by the school administration. They didn’t realize at the time that the poster featured weaponry made by multinational companies that are part of the college’s investment portfolio. Well now they know. Here is their new campaign video which re-tells the story of the censorship of the poster and the reasons behind their new divestment campaign.



Tony Blair on Iraq War Inquiry

Tony Blair often seemed keener to talk about Iran, or Afghanistan, or Libya, or almost anywhere other than Iraq this morning. But he did make some potentially important admissions.

He appeared to concede that the threat from Iraq had not changed in 2001/ 2 – only that his “perception” of that threat had changed, in the light of 9/11. This raises two difficulties.

First, of course, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and no links with al-Qaeda; Mr Blair was forced into a series of hypotheticals – if Saddam had passed WMDs to terrorists, and so on? As one of the Chilcot panel, Sir Roderic Lyne, reminded him: “But it’s these ifs, isn’t it?”

Second, more importantly, it directly contradicts Mr Blair’s key claim to Parliament before the war, where he insisted that the Iraq threat – the actual threat, not just the perception – was “growing.”

Asked by Sir Roderic: “Was the intelligence telling you it was growing?” Mr Blair referred to a Joint Intelligence Committee assessment saying not that the threat was growing, but that it was “continuing.” His second piece of evidence of a “growing” threat was the alleged mobile biological weapons labs. But as the JIC assessment (quoted in full in Annex B of the Butler Report) says, this programme had been there since 1995.

It wasn’t the only time Mr Blair appeared to misrepresent intelligence. Asked for the intelligence to justify another dubious claim, that the “assessed intelligence” had established Saddam’s WMD “beyond doubt,” he cited a 15 March 2002 JIC assessment that said it was “clear.” In fact, as far as I can see, the word “clear” does not appear in the JIC assessment of that date.

Mr Blair was also taxed about his claim to Parliament, on 16 July 2002, that Britain was not planning for possible military action. By that point Britain had, in fact, been planning for possible military action for at least two months. He appeared to concede that he had misled MPs, saying: “In retrospect it’s maybe better just to say it.”

Mr Blair’s “sexing up” of the intelligence to make the case for war was, of course, a claim first made by me in May 2003. His answers today won’t have helped his case that he acted properly.

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UN in secret peace talks with Taliban

Are these emerging signs for ‘Taliban Victory’ or a defeat for ‘Western Nations’ in bringing to justice the people behind 9/11?

Taliban commanders held secret exploratory talks with a United Nations special envoy this month to discuss peace terms, it emerged tonight.


Regional commanders on the Taliban’s leadership council, the Quetta Shura, sought a meeting with the UN special representative in Afghanistan, Kai Eide, and it took place in Dubai on 8 January. “They requested a meeting to talk about talks. They want protection, to be able to come out in public. They don’t want to vanish into places like Bagram,” the Reuters news agency quoted a UN official as saying, referring to the Bagram detention centre at a US military base outside Kabul.

The Dubai meeting was confirmed to the Guardian by officials with knowledge of the encounter, but they said they could provide no further details.

It was the first such meeting between the UN and senior members of the Taliban. The fact that it took place suggests that peace talks have revived since exploratory contacts between emissaries of the Kabul government and the Taliban in Saudi Arabia last year broke down.

It also suggests that some Taliban members might be prepared for the first time to put faith in an international organisation to broker a deal to end the nine-year war.

News of the Dubai meeting surfaced at the end of a day-long conference in London intended to map out a transition over five years from a Nato-led military campaign to Afghan-led effort involving more political, social and economic measures to end the fighting.

As part of the transition, Afghan forces are due to take lead responsibility for security in a handful of provinces by the end of this year, assume the lead in the most violent regions within three years, and take overall responsibility for security across the country in five years. If successful, the transition would pave the way for the withdrawal of foreign forces.

An official statement from the Taliban leadership in response to today’s conference warned that “attempts by the enemy to bribe the mujahideen, offering them money and employment to abandon jihad, are futile”. However, it added what appeared to be a conciliatory note, saying that it was waging a jihad only to “liberate” Afghan territory and posed “no threat to neighbouring countries or anyone else”.

Although an important development, it was unclear how significant a faction Eide had met in Dubai or how serious they were. A western official confirmed that there were indications of splits in the Taliban over the prospect of a settlement.

“We believe there are mid-level commanders tired of fighting and who have realised neither side is going to win,” the official said. “There is a younger generation of Taliban commanders who believe it was a colossal mistake to side with the Arabs [in al-Qaida]. In fact the vote at the shura [meeting] in Kandahar in 2001 was only narrowly in favour of sticking with the Arabs.”

The western official said: “This ‘new Taliban’ is not that much more extreme than some of the people in government. They could be willing to compromise on some issues, like women’s rights, girls education, even watching telly perhaps.”

At today’s London conference, President Hamid Karzai declared: “We must reach out to all of our countrymen, especially our disenchanted brothers, who are not part of al-Qaida, or other terrorist networks, who accept the Afghan constitution.”

The Afghan government pledged to hold a peace council, loya jirga, in the next few weeks, to which village elders from across the country, including some known to have Taliban ties, would be invited.

Speaking at the end of the conference, the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, signalled that the US was ready to accept talks. “The starting premise is you don’t make peace with your friends. You have to be able to engage with your enemies,” Clinton said.

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Website Offers Reward For Tony Blair’s Arrest

A website offering a reward to people who try to arrest former Prime Minister Tony Blair for alleged “crimes against peace” has raised over £9,000 in just two days.

The website, called Arrest Blair (http://www.arrestblair.org/rules), was launched on January 25 – just four days before he was due to give evidence to the Chilcott inquiry into the Iraq war.

It was created by writer George Monbiot, an environmental and political activist who has a weekly column in The Guardian newspaper.

Launching the website, he wrote: “We must show that we have not, as Blair requested, ‘moved on’ from Iraq, that we are not prepared to allow his crime to remain unpunished.”

The website stipulates the citizen’s arrest must be peaceful and that anyone attempting it will be paid a quarter of the money donated – currently just over £9,200.

It also states there must be no injuries to Mr Blair or those around him and that the incident must be reported in “at least one mainstream media outlet in a bulletin, programme or article”.

Anyone claiming the reward must also prove they are the person featured in the report and come forward within 28 days of the attempt.

For people who have not carried out a citizens arrest in the past, the website offers advice on how to go about it, including handling police.

They are recommended to approach Mr Blair “calmly”, and “in a gentle fashion to lay a hand on his shoulder or elbow, in such a way that he cannot have any cause to complain of being hurt”.

They are urged to loudly announce: “Mr Blair, this is a citizens’ arrest for a crime against peace, namely your decision to launch an unprovoked war against Iraq.

“I am inviting you to accompany me to a police station to answer the charge.”

Mr Monbiot, 47, said although any arrests would be “largely symbolic” they would nonetheless have “great political resonance”.

He added: “There must be no hiding place for those who have committed crimes against peace. No civilised country can allow mass murderers to move on.”

There will be minute-by-minute coverage of Mr Blair’s long-awaited appearance before the Chilcott inquiry on Friday here on Sky News Online.